Roll The Cotton Down (C) – Capstan Version

Interesting Facts about Roll The Cotton Down (C) – Capstan Version

Here capstan’s version of the shanty “Roll the cotton down”, Roll The Cotton Down (C) – Capstan, opens a big family of shanties, which Stan Hugill describes as the shanty with the word ‘Roll’. As a matter of fact, it vies with ‘blow’ and ‘Hilo’ as the most popular words in a sailor’s work song.
The versions of this great shanty are:
(a) Negro Version
(b) Cotton-Stowers’ version
(c) Deep-sea version.
(d) Blackball version.
(e) Paddy and the railway.
(f) “A Long Time Ago”
This version is a “Deep-sea” version theme version.

The song will be reconstructed by myself as the capstan shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 154 ).

The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 154, 155 ).

The Record of the Roll The Cotton Down (C) – Capstan Version

You also can find this record on my YouTube channel here or directly listen below. Additionally, if you want to share your opinion about the record or share your opinion you can do it in my Facebook forum here, or leave a comment at the bottom of this blog article.

Roll The Cotton Down ( C ) - Capstan Shanty

The musical notation

roll-the-cotton-down-c music notation

The full lyrics

Roll The Cotton Down (C)

Oh! away down south where I wuz born,
– Roll the cotton down!
Oh! away down south around Cape Horn
– We’ll roll the cotton down!

– R0ll the cotton,
– R0ll the cotton, Moses!
– R0ll the cotton,
– Oh! roll the cotton down!

* 2 *

Oh! away down south around Cape Horn
Oh, we wisht to Christ we’d niver bin born!

* 3 *

Oh! away down south one winter’s morn,
Oh! away down south around Cape Horn.

* 4 *

We’re bound away to Mobile Bay,
We’re bound away at the break o’ day.

* 5 *

Oh, around Cape Horn we’re bound to go,
Around Cape Stiff midst the ice an’ snow.

* 6 *

Oh, ‘Frisco town is far behind,
An’ the gals down south are free an’ kind.

* 7 *

Oh, fare-ye-well we’re bound to go,
Never let it be said we’ll forget you.

Related to this shanty

Goodbye Fare-ye-well (B)

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